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  • For adding geothermal heat to an existing house, it's still true what I've been telling you. For top efficiency, you need to distribute the heat by forced air. This is a downer for folks with existing hot water distribution, also called a hydronic system. (Not hydroponic, although that would be nifty, too, as you could grow lettuce year 'round.) That…
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Geothermal and Heat Pumps...Huh?

What does geothermal mean and how does geothermal heating work?  What role do heat pumps play?  What are heat pumps?  You've heard about tax credits for some of this rocket science green technology but have no clue as to what it all means.  Let's unravel the rocket science of geothermal heating and heat pumps.  Hey, when tax credits are involved, it's definitely worth a look.  Turns out, it has nothing to do with rockets.  It's more Earth than space. ...

Geothermal and the Magic of Heat Pumps Article...

 
Green Incentives - Do It Now!!!

Money and flowersOdds are, some energy-related part of your home is due for replacement: your water heater, windows, doors, roof, heat source, air conditioning, insulation, or other home components.  If so, and you're a U.S. taxpayer, the time do it is NOW, while the U.S. government (as part of the 2009 economic stimulus package) will give you green to go green!  Your payback is immediate.  (OK, within a year.)   Check out this article for detauls on green tax incentives...

Green Incentives Article...

 
CFLs - Compact Fluorescent Lights

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Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), are more efficient, longer lasting replacements for standard bulbs (incandescents).  Properly chosen for socket and site, they can replace most common types and colors of bulb.  But what are the best places for CFLs?  What factors should be considered when choosing a CFL to replace an incandescent bulb?  Are all the stories you hear about cost savings and cleanup challenges true? ...

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) Article...

 
Green Holiday Gift Ideas E-mail

The Grinch isn't the only green one this time of year.  Dave offers up his picks for a green holiday season.

The Twelve Daves of Christmas...

 
Using Thermography on Houses

Thermal image...or haunted house?One of the...cooler?...angles in the drive to reduce our energy consumption and therefore monthly expenses is to have an energy audit done of one's home.  What makes it cool is what's used to measure heat.  The potential use of thermography, or thermal imaging, during a home inspection or energy audit can tell you where all the hot spots...or cool spots are and result in ideas for money saving modifications to your home.  Follow the link below, updated with pretty...and some scary...pictures, for more on taking your house's temperature and what's involved...

Thermography Article...

 
Where Can I Recycle That?

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We answer the age-old question posed by so many before us, "Where can I recycle crayons?"  Apparently, there is a place.  Oh, and a bunch of other things as well - recycle CFLs, books, sneakers and shoes, old VHS tapes of your favorite Brady Bunch episodes, recycle digital cameras, cell phones, batteries, DVDs and CDs, all types of electronic gadgets, MP3 players and so on...

Where You Can Recycle That Article...

 
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